So, let’s ask ourselves a question, why do not we understand that we are dreaming when participating in the plot of the dream? It’s all about our daily behavior and attitude to life. After all, in wakefulness, we do not ask ourselves questions like: is it really all that surrounds me now? Is it a dream?
At first glance, such questions may seem crazy, but it’s not. After waking, we do not have the habit of questioning the surrounding reality. What surrounds us is a matter of course and can not be doubted.
This model of thinking is transferred to the dream, continuing to work on the same principle. For example, we wake up, start something to do, plunging headlong into business. The whole process takes our attention. It can be anything: work, apartment cleaning, computer game, intimate conversation and even the process of writing this article! Do you catch the analogy with the dream? After being in a dream, we in the same way conscientiously plunge into the action, fulfilling its role in its plot. We just got used to doing this in wakefulness and we continue to act the same way in habit, in a dream.
When we are in a dream, we also have a kind of consciousness. However, it is not complete. If to speak in simple language, then it is given there exactly as much as necessary for us to perceive the symbols that come from the subconscious. These symbols can contain information both on the surface of the unconscious and out of its depths. That is, in a dream, we are directly confronted with the second side of our self – the subconscious. This unlimited resource carries in itself all the information that we have ever come into contact with. Everything is recorded there. Also in the subconscious are hidden mechanisms that control our psychological and physiological processes.
If the dream did not “distort” the reality, but represented it as it is perceived by the waking brain, it would come into conflict with the basic adaptive processes, whose purpose is not to repeat what is already known, but to prepare the body, help it survive in a diverse and unpredictable world, where difficulties and dangers never exactly repeat themselves. The metaphorical images of a dream are thus a means by which the brain selects experience that enhances the body’s psychological readiness for functioning in the real world
We spend at least a third of our life in a dream, and this vast amount of time we live completely unconsciously. All those limitless possibilities that we could realize in a conscious dream, to the great regret, remain not used just because we can not remember in a dream who we really are.